This presentation is perfect for Banned Books Week or as an introduction to book burning in Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.” The slides give a brief history of nine censorship and book banning incidents in world history.
Discussing censorship can be controversial in certain settings. It’s why Banned Books Week exists – so we can talk about censorship. It is, however, critical that you know your audience and your community.
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This product has 24 total slides and it includes:
- 21-slide Lesson Presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides + PDF
- All body text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
- The Works Cited page appears on the final slide.
- Google Classroom Basics (6 pages, PDF)
- No lesson plan is included, but standards addressed by this activity are listed below.
Information about censorship includes:
- What is censorship?
- Who are the censors?
- Common ways library books are censored (torn pages, drawing “clothes” over body parts, marking out words, etc.)
- What is book banning?
- What is book burning and how is it used symbolically?
- Why are books censored and/or banned?
- 9 historical censorship events (listed below)
9 book censorship events in history including:
- 213 BC – China – Emperor Qin Shi Huang
- 640 AD – Egypt – Caliph Omar burned all 200,000 volumes in the Library of Alexandria
- 1497-98 – Florence, Italy – “The Bonfire of the Vanities”
- 1600-1966 – The Index Librorum Prohibitorum – Catholic Church bans over 5200 books
- 1616-1652 – Galileo Galilei convicted of heresy over heliocentric theory papers
- 1859 – Charles Darwin’s “Origin of Species”
- 1933 – Nazi book burnings
- 1960s-1970s – Mao Zedong of China – Cultural Revolution
- Today – “Great Firewall of China” and censorship of social media, newspapers, and books
AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text.
- Inquire – C.1. – D.1. – D.3.
- Include – B.2. – C.1. – C.2. – D.1. – D.2. – D.3.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
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- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.6.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.6.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.1. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.6.
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